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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Read this: Chris Wallace on his father Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace in 1999. (David P. Gilkey/AP)
Mike Wallace, who died Saturday at 93, clawed his way up from a career as a game-show host and radio entertainer to become one of the most admired and feared men in journalism, a pioneer in magazine-style television news. In recent comments, Fox anchor Chris Wallace offered some insight into his father’s final years. As the hard-driving “60 Minutes” star experienced the fog of dementia, he only spoke of his family, not his storied career. A very poignant lesson for all of us, Chris noted in an interview with Playboy: “This is a man. . . for whom work always came first,” he said. “Now he can’t even remember it.” Last month, Chris spoke about his shifting feelings about his father’s influence. “It’s funny,” he told a Washington media banquet. “I spent so much of my early life trying to get out from under his shadow. Now as my father nears his 94th birthday and is slipping away, I don’t want you to forget him.”

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